HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Florida – More and more Floridians are voting for this election by mail rather than voting in the polls. Here at ABC Action News we are working to answer any questions you have answered so you can be sure that your vote counts in that choice.
Several viewers of ABC Action News have raised concerns about the secrecy wrap included in the email voting package. So we reached out directly to Craig Latimer, Hillsborough County’s election officer, for answers.
“Usually we take the nondisclosure envelope with the voting slip out of the envelope and then the envelope goes off the table so there is no association,” said Latimer.
The secrecy envelope is an additional protective layer for the voter. If a Hillsborough County voter forgets to include them in sending or returning their ballot, it is not a problem.
“It’s fine if you forget the secrecy bag and just put it in the envelope. That happens, we see it. It isn’t being held back,” said Latimer.
He suggested reading all of the information on the secrecy wrapper, as it answers most of the questions people have for the polling stations.
Voters have the option of returning their ballot, taking it to a polling office, or dropping it off at an early voting location once they open on October 19, 2020.
Latimer said the problems the polling station sees is people forgetting to sign and date the back of the envelope, or the signatures mismatched.
“But there is a cure for that. We will get in touch with you immediately. On the back of the envelope, we ask for more information so that you can fix this signature mismatch or issue, ”said Latimer.
ABC Action News made one Guide to elections This includes key deadlines and a county breakdown of how to track your ballot, find your polling station, and request a ballot via email.